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Vancouver to Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry
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Take the adventure route between Vancouver and Victoria with a scenic 35-minute flight. Soak up lovely aerial views while crossing the Strait of Georgia by seaplane — the most eco-friendly transport to Victoria — then set off on your own sightseeing excursion of BC’s capital. Admiring stunning island and ocean views at dusk.
  • Seaplane flight from Vancouver to Victoria, on Vancouver Island
  • 35-minute flight over the Gulf Islands from the mainland to Victoria
  • Aerial view of the islands and water that make up this part of British Columbia
  • Explore Victoria's charming and historic neighborhoods
  • Coach and scenic ferry ride back to Vancouver (4.5 hours total)
  • You choose when you depart Vancouver
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Scenic seaplane flight to Victoria
Bus and ferry back to Vancouver
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Harbour Air Seaplanes , 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3, Canada

Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre Unit #1 - 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C 0C3 The seaplane terminal is located at Burrard Landing in Coal Harbour, right along Vancouver’s iconic seawall. Parking is available at 1095 W Waterfront Rd, Vancouver, BC.

This activity will end right where it started.
Kick off your Victoria sightseeing adventure from Canada Place in downtown Vancouver. Choose your departure time based on operating hours, meet your pilot and board the seaplane for an exciting water take-off.

Leave behind Vancouver’s busy harbor for the dramatic beauty of the Gulf Islands. You’ll have 35 minutes to soak up great panoramic views of the city, island passageways and snow-capped mountains before landing in Victoria. From there, design your own sightseeing itinerary. Perhaps you’ll indulge in some shopping at the island’s unique boutiques and antique shop, or tour atmospheric neighborhoods like Chinatown and Oak Bay. Don’t miss top attractions like the Butchart Gardens and the Empress Hotel, known for its fabulous traditional English tea service.

After your self-guided tour, head to the coach station for a ride to the ferry. Flash your ticket and grab a comfortable seat on the ship for the scenic ride through Active Pass and the Gulf Islands to Vancouver. Note: Total return trip time is 4.5 hours.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 15 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Flights are subject to cancellation due to bad weather
  • Not handicap accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please present Government issued photo ID at check in
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Harbour Air Seaplanes
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Vancouver to Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Vancouver to Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Vancouver to Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Vancouver to Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Vancouver to Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Excellent smooth flight on take off and landing with fantastic views it was a clear day, Victoria was lovely with a smooth crossing by ferry to Vancouver well worth the money highly recommended" See review

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star-4
Go on a dry day!!!!
Caroline_Y
, Jul 2022
Seaplane was good fun and very efficiently run! We were very unlucky as rained all day. On a good day the trip would of been fantastic!
star-3
Misleading tour
Mark_R
, Jun 2022
Tour was last 8 hrs & return exactly where we started with no hotel drop offs as per attached Viator screen shots. Instead tour lasted 12.5 hrs with numerous hotel drop offs lasting 1.5 hrs
star-4
Fab day trip but long journey home
KIM_C
, Jun 2022
A fab day touring Victoria finishing with afternoon tea at the empress The only negative was the journey back to the hotel after the ferry I thought we would all be travelling to the same drop destination but we did a detour to the airport and then to the bus station so this added over an hour to our journey home which was already a long one
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Kim, thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your trip to Victoria. We appreciate the feedback regarding your return home, and will be sure to pass this along to our teams and Viator representatives. We look forward to seeing you again soon. - Harbour Air Viator Team
star-4
Worth it!
Calvin_W
, Jun 2022
Starting on a float plane to Victoria was awesome, great pilot and staff, arrived in Victoria to enjoy the Empress Hotel , Hop on Hop Off bus to explore. A little more help finding the BC Connect would of been appreciated!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Calvin, thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your trip to Victoria. The convenience of our service and value of experiences are some of the many things our guests appreciate, and we are happy to hear you think so as well. We look forward to your next flight with us! - Harbour Air Viator Team
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Beautiful aerial views!
SHASHI_G
, Jun 2022
The views from the seaplane were absolutely breath taking . The sea ferry was very smooth sailing too. Well planned tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your five-star review. We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed the experience. Looking forward to your next flight with us. - Harbour Air Viator Team
star-5
Victoria Island
Christine_S
, May 2022
Well organised from the start with enough time to explore this lovely island and have a leisurely lunch.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your kind words and five star review! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your trip to Victoria. Hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back aboard in the future!
star-5
Great time
Andreas_A
, May 2022
Flying over islands in a sea plane and Having a wonderful English tea at the Empress Fairmont hotel in Victoria.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Andrea - Thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your trip to Victoria, and having the chance to experience High Tea at the legendary Empress Hotel! Hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back aboard in the future.
star-5
Seaplane and ferry transport
Louise_A
, May 2022
Amazing experience! First time on the seaplane and it was great! Not scary once in the air and the landing was spectacular! Glad I experienced coming back on a ferry, broke up the day a bit but also a lot for one day
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Louise - Thank you so much for your five star review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your trip to Victoria, and having the chance to see some of our iconic landscapes from two unique perspectives. Hope to see you again soon!
star-5
Fun way to visit the island
Ann_D
, May 2022
First time for both of us in a seaplane so loved that experience. Great views & fun take off & landing. Coach & ferry return was surprisingly enjoyable too, seeing parts of the island & Vancouver we would otherwise have missed. The service from the ground crew, air crew & particularly the coach driver on the return was excellent. Would recommend staying overnight in Victoria if possible so you have a bit more time to look around.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Ann_D - Thank you for your kind words and five star review! We are thrilled you had such a fantastic time on our Victoria Fly & Drive Tour. Hope to see you again soon!
star-5
Wonderful Tour
Victor_C
, Apr 2022
The sights are incredible. Was surprised at how calm and smooth the flight was. Driving the bus onto the ferry was phenomenal.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Victor_C - Thank you for your five star review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your trip to Victoria, and having the chance to view some of our iconic landmarks from two unique perspectives. Hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back aboard soon!
star-2
More of a commute
leon_c
, Apr 2022
Not really what I was expecting, the flight over was more of a commercial commute, no tour guide no interaction from the pilot or anything like that. We had 6 hours at Victoria, left to do our own thing. The coach and ferry took 5 hours from picking us up and dropping us off after about 15 stops at hotels and bus stops. Wouldn't recommend if ur after a more of a guided tour of vancover and Victoria. 100% not worth the £400 paid.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
leon_c - We appreciate your feedback regarding the lack of commentary. Due to the high volume of traffic in and around the harbours, our pilots are constantly in contact with Air Traffic Control which does not allow for them to provide a commentary throughout the flight. For those guests interested in a guided excursion, we do however recommend our FlyGuide Flight companion - a handheld multimedia device which offers pre-recorded audio commentary, photos, and maps in five different languages. This additional narration rental is CAD$10. We genuinely appreciate hearing about your day. This valuable feedback will help us ensure we do our best to provide guests with all the necessary information to make sure their experience is the one so many have come to love and expect from Harbour Air.
star-5
Seaplane flight was...
Donna_B
, Apr 2022
Seaplane flight was great, friendly and professional service. Bus driver back to ferry and hotel was a very good driver.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Donna_B - Thank you so much for your five star review! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed the experience and appreciate your feedback about our customer service. Hope to see you again soon!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
The flight could have...
Sandra_B
, Apr 2022
The flight could have been spectacular if I had been allowed to have a window seat. There were 2 but I was told they were not available because Of weight balance.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Sandra_B - Thank you for sharing your experience with other Viator users! Its true that general seating is assigned for weight and balance purposes at boarding. However, on our Vancouver <> Victoria flights, it may be possible for you to reserve a single window seat. Don't hesitate to ask us about the options available on your next trip, subject to availability, or review our seating and fare options here: https://www.harbourair.com/flight-info/book/seating/ Hope to welcome you aboard again soon!
star-5
Rising sun, setting sun
pureandrew75
, Apr 2022
Arrived at the seaside terminal, received complimentary coffee, tea, and croissants before our flight left. Boarding was quick. I’m 6’1”, the first seat I sat in was too small for my legs to fit. So I quickly found that the front single seat on the left of the plane worked great. We took the 7:30am flight. Luckily our weather was beautiful for most of the flight. It got a little bumpy on our decent into Victoria. Our return trip started with a bus ride to the fairies, bus was very comfortable, fairy ride was wonderful, enjoyed seeing rainbows, seabirds, orcas, and there's wonderful food options if you get hungry. Highly recommend this experience.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
purean... Thank you for your five star review! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your Fly & Drive daytrip to Victoria, and having the chance to view our iconic coastlines and landmarks from two unique perspectives. Thank you again for your recommendation and we hope to welcome you aboard in the future!
star-4
Lovely day visit to Victoria City from Vancouver
Cynthia_L
, Mar 2022
The trip was very enjoyable, only too short. We thoroughly enjoyed the flight over to Victoria, had a great brunch, went to the Royal BC Museum, walked around the harbor to the Fishermen’s Wharf. Then we caught a water taxi back to the Empress Hotel. By then it was already time to catch the Ferry Connector (a bus) up island to get on the Ferry to go back to Vancouver. We had a good time, but I was especially disappointed not to have been able to visit Bushertz Gardens - not enough time. If I had realized this would have happened, we would have extended our visit.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Cynthia_L - Thank you for your review. We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed the experience! There is plenty to see and do along our fine coasts, and we hope to be a part of your future adventures in BC!
star-5
A truly unforgettable experience
Richard_L
, Feb 2022
Early morning flight was spectacular, with a charming and capable crew. Evening ferry ride back was breathtaking. A day to remember forever.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Richard_L - Thank you so much for the wonderful review and choosing Harbour Air. The convenience of our service and exceptional staff are some of the many things our guests appreciate, and we are happy to hear you think so as well! And there's nothing like a fair weather day in the winter to match it all with the views! I hope we'll have the chance to welcome you aboard again soon!
star-5
The flight was very nice...
Melanie_K
, Jan 2022
The flight was very nice and Victoria is a nice city to explore. Everything was well organised and went very smoothly!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Melanie - Thank you for the five star review and for including Harbour Air in your adventures! Our team is genuinely dedicated to providing guests with the best possible service and we are always so pleased to receive messages which reinforce what we always strive to provide. Hope to welcome you aboard again in the future!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The tour was great! ...
Laura_L
, Jan 2022
The tour was great! The day had a sweet end with the beautiful sunset we saw on the ferry from Victoria back to Vancouver.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Laura_L - Thank you for your five-star review! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed the experience of our Victoria Fly & Drive Tour! It truly is the best way to experience our spectacular coastal scenery from above, and then from sea-level. Wen hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back aboard soon!
star-5
Great way to travel
Cori_B
, Jan 2022
I recommend the seaplane as the view is terrific. We felt safe and relaxed. The ferry was good but as it was dark we didn't see much. Best way to experience both ways of travel
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Cori_B - Thank you for your five-star review! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience, and are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the spectacular scenery and had the chance to view some of our iconic landmarks from above. We hope to welcome you aboard again!
star-5
Amazing views from seaplane and ferry
Stefan_G
, Sep 2021
The flight on the seaplane was a great experience, but I even enjoyed the ferry more. Amazing views and even saw some whales next to the ferry.

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